My tour is not ready-made but a customized one for a guest by guest. I believe it has an overwhelming advantage over a massive group tour with a fixed itinerary. For example, we can flexibly revise the course depending on the weather, which is almost impossible in extensive group tours. Don’t you think it nonsense to climb up the Tokyo Skytree tower in heavy rain or walk a long distance under strong sunshine in summer? There are more merits. Some guests are worried if they can keep pace with other guests because of age or poor physical conditions, while you can walk or rest at your own pace with ease in private tours. Besides above, you feel like having a coffee break in the middle of the trip, or you have a lot of questions to a guide, etc. You do not have to hesitate to do anything in private tours!

To propose the best plan for my guest, I would like to start communication as early as possible and share the guest’s thoughts, concerns, wishes, and desires. The central part of my guiding is full and deep comprehension of Japanese culture, but I refine my plan based on a guest’s wishes and experience. If it is the first visit to Tokyo, some places are indispensable for the first comers. If any seasonal event such as cherry blossoms viewing or shrine festival etc. is available, I should try to include it in my plan. As a result, my tour plan fits the guest’s demand, and its route and schedule become efficient, so the tour becomes most attractive. As time is most precious in travel, I think it is crucial to make a tailor-made plan for each guest.

Now, you think of your tour and inform me of your idea. But to make your task simpler, I show you two contents. One is “Special tour plans,” which are 3 sample tours I have experienced in the past. From the vinyl record hunting tour, you might know I have dealt with any unique request from the customer. They are different from ordinary tour plans, and I always welcome an unusual offer.

The other one is “Destinations.” Most travel guidebooks are written place by place. Still, I introduce destinations according to cultural themes, in other words, by eight popular sightseeing categories concerning Japanese culture with some possible sightseeing sites in or near Tokyo. Some of them are popular tourist spots and of help to know Tokyo for first-timers, but besides, I have some more ideas for repeaters! Please click your favorite category in DESTINATIONS below to move to its page.


Meiji Shrine of Japanese Shintoism
Japanese authetic cuisine
Tea ceremony utensils
Scene of Japanese landscap garden
Japanese traditional perfoming art, Noh stage
Edo castle, a stage of Japan's history
Ukiyoe printngs of Katsushika Hokusai
Modern architecture in Ginza

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